A Watsonville man trying to break up a bar fight late Saturday instead ended up badly hurt, Watsonville police reported.
The 31-year-old man was trying to stop two groups of men from fighting around 11:15 p.m. The brawl had started inside The Villager bar, then moved out to the courtyard area, police said.
That's when the 31-year-old tried to intervene but was stabbed in the back, police said.
Cops were called to the bar, in a shopping center on the 1000 block of East Lake Avenue. The men who had been fighting fled down Tuttle Avenue before officers arrived; no arrests have been made.
The injured man was taken to Watsonville Community Hospital, then flown to an out-of-county trauma center. Police said his injury wasn't life threatening.